On June 12, 2016, a gunman entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire, taking the lives of 49 people and brutally injuring 53 others. These beautiful individuals, each a member of the LGBTQIA Latinx family or ally, simply wanted to dance! These events have echoed around the world and left hearts shuttering, and once again questioning humanity. We will never be the same again but we hope to begin healing soon.  #WeAreOrlando

We are a community of writers who, like the rest of the world, have been greatly affected by the tragedy that transpired in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. We are poets, LGBTQIA Latinx individuals, seeking to help in the coping during these difficult times.



DAVID LOPEZ is a queer chicano writer from Santa Ana, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Screenwriting from Chapman University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from University of California, Riverside and a Master of Library & Information Science degree from San José State University. His writing has appeared in The Orange County Register, Connotation Press, Brooklyn & Boyle, and La Bloga. He currently works as a librarian in Orange County, CA.

LUIS LOPEZ-MALDONADO is a Xicano poet choreographer born & raised in Orange County, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Riverside, majoring in Creative Writing and Dance. His poetry has been seen in The American Poetry Review, Cloudbank, The Packinghouse Review, Off Channel, and Spillway, among many others. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University. He is now currently a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame, where he is poetry editorial assistant for the Notre Dame Review and founder of the boys’s creative writing workshop in the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center.